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Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara - Chenresign, Kuan-yin or Kannon Bodhisattva
Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara - Chenresign, Kuan-yin or Kannon Bodhisattva

Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara - Chenresign, Kuan-yin or Kannon Bodhisattva

by Tove E Neville

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Language

English

Publisher

Munshiram Manoharlal

ISBN

8121504575 - Year: 1999 - Pages: 189

Binding

Hardcover

Tove E Neville

Author: Tove E Neville
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal
Year: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 189
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8121504575

Description

The Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara is a study of the many origins that may have played a part in arriving at this number of heads, based on forms and powers: male and female forms; origins based on name; in scriptural evidence and images, as well as Hindu deities, and finally origin seen in Rock-cut litanies in caves of India.

Manifold as the sources are, they led to consideration of this Bodhisattva as the highest form of compassion in the widest sense of the word, the savior for humanity of eight to ten dreads, which assail and defeat humankind, especially for exposed travelers, be they pilgrims going to visit and pray at Buddhist shrines, or monks seeking new temples or to find new masters to teach them.

This essay weaves together a panorama in South Asia, moving up to Central Asian and Chinese cultures who contributed their own examples from caves in China (Tun Huang) that also held depositories of paintings brought back to modern cultures for study in Paris and London; long scrolls such as the Yunan Tali Kingdom's treasure from the late Sung period, all told tales of Buddhist iconography and styles that most often harked back to earlier Indian models.

Korea found influence from China and Japan had the Eleven-Headed in metal and also of lacquer and wood in splendid examples from seventh and eight centuries on. Still, most astounding is a theory weaving the thread back to the Indian cave litanies, showing how the bodhisattva as savior caused in practice of art to furnish the model for how the ten scenes of dreads plus the great Avalokitesvara's own face led to an eleven-headed "giants" seen in Indian Gupta styles.

Contents

List of Illustrations
Photographic Credits
Preface
Acknowledgements

CHAPTER ONE
Introduction

General Description
Criterion for this Study of the Eleven-Headed Avalokitsvara
Two Headed Styles: Vertical and Pyramidal

CHAPTER TWO
The Origins of Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara

CHAPTER THREE
Iconography of Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara:
Examples from India, Cambodia, Nepal and Tibet

CHAPTER FOUR
Background for the Eleven-Headed Juan-Yin in China

CHAPTER FIVE
Iconography of Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara
as Kuan-Yin in China, Kuan Eum in Kora and Kannon in Japan

CHAPTER SIX
Conclusion

APPENDIX
Ten Powers of the Litany as Origin for
Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara

Bibliography
Index

List of Illustrations

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